Bhopal jail break: “SIMI terrorists” gunned down

Newsroom24x7 Staff

: Eight terrorists belonging to the banned organisation SIMI , who had fled from Bhopal jail last night around 2 am have been gunned down in an encounter, aaccording to an official version here.

Four jail officers, Including the jail Superintendent   have been suspended.

The encounter took place between 11 and 11.30 am at Manikhera Pathar near Acharpura village in the Eintkhedi area, about 12 kns from Bhopal jail, Bhopal IG of police told media persons.

The terror suspects had outside support and this is obvious as they opened fire when encircled by the ATS. The encounter lasted about 30 minutes, it has been conveyed officially.

One police officer has been injured in the encounter.

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan later said he has taken this incident very seriously. ADG Jail has been attached to the PHQ. DIG jail, SP and Additional SP Jail have been suspended.

The CM told media persons that he has talked to Home Minister Rajnath Singh and it has been decided that NIA will investigate this incident to probe terror links not only in MP but also in other parts of the country and abroad. A separate probe will also be conducted by former DGP Nandan Dube.

Chouhan congratulated the police for its success in neutralising the terrorists. He also expressed gratitude towards the people saying without their help police would not have got the lead against the terrorists on the run.

8 SIMI “terrorists” escape from Bhopal jail

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Bhopal: Eight alleged terrorists of the banned students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) killed a guard and managed to escape from the Central Jail here last night.

According to available information, the alleged terrorists  – Amzad, Zakir Hussain Sadiq, Mehboob, Majid, Khalid Ahmad, Mujeeb Sheikh, Mohd. Aqueel, and Khilchi  – ilodged in Central jail here escaped from the B-block by slitting the throat of head constable Ramashankar and jumping the wall. They used their bedsheets to form a rope.

According to available information the “terrorists” are at large. Questions arise: Was there only one head constable on guard duty. What about multiple rings of security for such prisoners. The state government and the authorities have a lot to answer.

In January 2013, six activists of SIMI along with another under-trial (including Zakir, Mehboob and Azad, who escaped from Bhopal jail last night) had escaped from the Khandwa district jail by digging a hole in a bathroom wall and stabbing two policemen on mobile duty that night.

While fleeing from the Khandwa jail, the SIMI activists had stabbed and injured two policemen on mobile duty Lokesh Hirwa and Suresh Tiwari. They had taken away their motor cycle and loaded rifles. While the SIMI activists were absconding, the police had caught the other undertrial Abid Mirza.

Those who had escaped from Khandwa were Abu Fazal, Ejajuddin,  Amjad, Zakir, Mehbob alias Guddu and Aslam.  Four of these – Abu Fazal, Ejajuddin, Mehboob alias Guddu and Aslam were arrested by the Madhya Pradesh Anti-terrorist Squad (ATS) from Bhopal and Jabalpur in June 2011. Abu Fazal, who was leading a module of Indian Mujahideen, and the others arrested along with him were wanted in the Ahmedabad serial bomb blast case and also for crimes committed in Madhya Pradesh, including the killing of a police constable Sitaram Yadav and two civilians at Khandwa in 2009. At the time of their arrest in 2011, they were allegedly planning a terror attack or the assassination some VIP.

According to the police, Abu Faisal along with a few others among these were linked with Tehreek-e-Taliban, a terror group operating in Pakistan.

In December 2013 five of these terrorists were nabbed. Within a week of the arrest these SIMI activists, including Abu Faizal, the Anti terrorist squad and counter terrorsist group of Madhya Pradesh Police had arrested from Ujjain four more persons  connected with the SIMI network. Police had seized from their possession 2 dozen “ready to use” prime bombs, more than 900 gelatin sticks, about 600 detonators, and a pipe bomb. Those arrested from Ujjain are in the 25 to 35 age group.


Heavy Shelling across LoC: 15 Pak rangers killed in retaliatory firing by BSF

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bsfJammu: Fifteen Pak-Rangers have been killed in retaliatory firing by Border Security Force (BSF) after there was cross-border shelling and firing in which two civilians were killed and an equal number were injured on the Indian side in the Jammu Sector.

Pakistani troops targeted security posts along the Line of Control (LoC) in the Jammu, Poonch, Rajouri and Kathua districts of Jammu and Kashmir.

The ammunition, particularly 120 mm mortars that were used by Pakistan Rangers during the latest cease fire violation is ample proof that the Pakistani Army is supporting the the Rangers holding posts along the international border, BSF said.

Pakistan Rangers started unprovoked firing and shelling in the Kathua Sector and also Hiranagar and Samba in the Jammu region at 5.20 pm yesterday and the shelling continued till 5 am today, according to the BSF.

“Fifteen Pakistani soliders have been killed in retaliatory firing and shelling by BSF. We have either completely destroyed or damaged their outposts and a befitting reply was being given to the Pakistani shelling and firing, BSF Additional Director General Arun Kumar told reporters here.

One civilian has died in Khour belt of Pallanwala sector and a woman was killed in shelling by Pakistan on Gohlad village in Mendhar tehsil of Poonch district. A civilian was injured in the R S Pura sector.

UAE goes for 20 strategic initiatives to nurture a generation of scientists

Shaily Kalra

Our objective is to set our scientific and research priorities that serve our interests, cement our economy and build a future for our generations. We bet on young scientists to establish a national scientific and research platform. Scientists and academicians are partners of the government in facing the challenges, saving costs, and making people Happy. – His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minster of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai

His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid approves 20 strategic initiatives for Emirates Scientists Council
Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid approves 20 strategic initiatives for Emirates Scientists Council (Photo courtesy:

Dubai: UAE is taking twenty strategic initiatives to create an environment that would motivate innovation and research, and also nurture a generation of scientists.

The initiatives are based on the studies and experiences of some well known countries and will help in the growth of UAE in fields of scientific research.

To achieve the goal, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and the Ruler of Dubai, has approved twenty strategic initiatives for the Emirates Scientists Council.

Chairing a meeting of the Council, Sheikh Mohammed described the scientists as the elite of the society and said they hold a powerful place in the UAE. He also observed that everybody must appreciate their work and abilities. The scientists are a boon for the future generation, he added.

Sheikh Mohammed further said that the nation looks towards the new generation who will give their best to contribute in progress of the country and make sure it prospers. “We work today to develop a generation of UAE scientists able to compete for Nobel Prize in the next decades,” he emphasised.

The chairperson of the Scientists Council Sara Al Amiri, told the Emirati scientists that the strategic initiative aims to come up with a scientific programme that would prepare talented students to compete for the Nobel prize, set up a national agenda for research (to be launched in 2017), create UAE Scientific Challenge forums, form Interactive national laboratories, launch the Mohammed Bin Rashid medal for Scientific Honour, and a create a national programme for discovering and developing the spirit for research.